U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 29 June – Sun 1 July, 2018

Well, as thousands of U.S. citizens took to the streets to protest the Trump Administration’s horrendous immigration policies, they are also flocking to cinemas in record numbers as 2018 marks a mega return to form for the summer frame. Reporting that, season to date, the U.S. Summer calendar is sitting currently at $2.09bn domestically, which Deadline announces as being a whopping 16% up on 2017.

2013’s box office record full summer calendar (May – August) of $4.87bn is a target that this year could match if Ant Man and the Wasp, Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation,  Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Skyscraper, The Equalizer 2, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Meg, Mile 22, Crazy Rich Asians, The Happytime Murders, A.X.L., Slender Man, and Kin all manage to get an opening. 2018 is only tracking 3% behind the 2013 season to date…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (4,485 screens) snaffles $60.3m for weekend 2, off 59% from opening (expected), to bring the domestic haul for the $170m production to $265m. Sporting a hefty $13,445 screen average, this is going to land in the $400-$420m mark as the business hold overs should stabilise this coming weekend. Ant-Man and the Wasp will play its part in cannibalising the audience, especially given the favourable reviews and softer rating that Fallen Kingdom,  but there is a completionist element in franchise audiences that works in the film’s favour.

Like for like against its predecessor, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is tracking 34.21% behind Jurassic World‘s $402.8m season gross at the end of weekend 2. This market is fiercely more competitive than the one 2015’s went out in so that needs to come into account when judging the performance, too. Globally, the film has smashed $870m.

Incredibles 2 (4,410 screens) holds silver for $45m in weekend 3, off 44% from last week, to bring its domestic bow to $439.2m. Sitting pretty with a $10,205 screen average, being the only animated film in the market place has surely paid dividends to this record breaking release but it has a 1-2 punch coming in the form of Ant-Man and the Wasp this weekend, and Sony’s animated pedigree franchise Hotel Translyvania 3: A Monster Vacation the following.

Incredibles 2 is now #10 highest grossing film release of all time domestically for Disney, #2 all time for Pixar Animation domestically, and it will claim highest grossing animated film release of all time for both the parent and subsidiary this time next week. The film has now passed $600m globally and should hit $560m+ domestically in the United States when it finishes up.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (3,055 screens) opened to $19.4m on a $6,350 screen average. In comparison to 2015’s original Sicario, Sicario: Day of the Soldado opened 59.67% stronger than it’s $12.15m wide release bow. Sicario went on to gross $47m domestically on a $30m budget, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is more in the $65m-$70m range on its $35m budget. Reviewers were mixed on the film, awarding it a 63% fresh score with the consensus suggesting its amorality and grim outlook might deter some viewers. There’s also been some great discourse on this title as a propaganda piece about U.S. governmental views on the representation of Mexicans. Meaty stuff, indeed! have you seen it? What did you think? Post your comments in the section below!

Uncle Drew (2,742 screens) opened to $16.7m on a solid $6,090 screen average. Now that is way above anyone’s expectation on what this Shaquille O’Neal led basketball comedy film should’ve opened to. Reviewers were mixed-leaning-good on it, too, awarding it 66% fresh, with the consensus saying what holds it back is an all too familiar plot and overloaded product placement. The Wrap reports the budget be in the ‘high teens’, so it will return to black theatrically with the finish line in the $60m mark domestically. Congratulations Lionsgate, a little winner on your hands.

Ocean’s 8 (3,426 screens) slips 30% for $8.1m in weekend 4 on a $2,364 screen average. The ladies of theft are taking their curtain call as the domestic gross hits $115m as it firms up its finish line at the $128-$130m mark and cements its position as #2 all time best performer in the franchise behind the original 2001 Ocean’s Eleven’s $183m. It’ll look like this:

OCEAN’S ELEVEN – $183.4m (2001)
OCEAN’S 8 – $128m (2018)
OCEAN’S TWELVE – $125.5m (2004)
OCEAN’S THIRTEEN – $117.1m (2007)

Tag (3,176 screens) earns $5.8m for its third frame, off 29% from last weekend, to post a deathly $1,826 screen average. With a domestic haul of $41.1m to date, the $28m production should limp its way to near a $50m domestic finish which would have to be well above what New Line/Warner Bros would have had on the picture. Yet, that seems to be the bench mark range for all the comedies this year as Overboard, Life of the Party, Game Night, Blockers, I Feel Pretty, and Book Club all landed in that $50-$70m box office range in 2018.

Deadpool 2 (2,094 screens) shed 33% in weekend 7 to gross $3.5m on a $1,671 screen average. Crossing $310m domestically, and $715m globally, there’s not much you could say that would cast a negative light on that enormous result bar it being a weaker performer than its original even though it cost double to produce. Deadpool 2 will finish on $315m on a $110m budget, 13.2% off Deadpool which finished on $363m on a $58m budget. Either way, it’s a hugely profitable franchise for 20th Century Fox.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (1,654 screens) gulps $2.55m in weekend 6 on a $1,542 screen average to bring the domestic gross to $207.5m. Globally, the film has grossed $360m on a suggested $250m budget (before marketing and publicity costs). As previously reported, this one will cost Disney/Lucasfilm a $70-$100m write down on the business ledger this year. Thank God for Marvel! All eyes now turn to Star Wars Episode IX: J.J. Abrams Please Save Us to refocus the brand!

Sanju (356 screens) storms into 9th on opening with $2.48m on a healthy $6,966 screen average. The biopic on Indian film star Sanjay Dutt opened well even if it didn’t win the hearts of critics that awarded it a 43% rotten score with the consensus pointing to being a pedestrian exercise in surface level drama film making. There’s also some solid commentary around the treatment of the female characters in this as being underdeveloped or ‘ornamental‘ as one critic called it.

Hereditary (1,424 screens) bids us farewell this week as it makes its final appearance in the top ten with a $2.1m fourth weekend on a $1,475 screen average. Off 40% from last weekend, the film has now amassed $39.3m domestically on a $10m budget. As we wave you adieu, Hereditary, you’ll finish around the $43m mark, #2 all time for A24 and only $6m behind reigning champ Lady Bird‘s $49m domestic gross.

In Cinemas Friday 6 July, 2018 – The First Purge (Wed 4 July), Ant-Man and the Wasp, Sorry to Bother You

Figures from Deadline